Echo Park Improvement Association
Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
Echo Park scored a major success last month,pulling off its first-ever Historic Echo Park HomeTour, a daylong event that introduced residents andvisitors alike to houses built over a 75-year span fromone end of the neighborhood to the other.An estimated 350 people turned out for the tour,titled "Restored, Remodeled and Remade," acollection of ten homes that ranged in style from1880s Victorian all the way to a 1965 mid-centurymodern duplex. Tour goers arrived in a steadystream throughout the day, asking questions aboutEcho Park history, historic preservation and ofcourse, about the homes themselves.Even Huell Howser, a well-known television
personality and a chronicler of California¹s people,
places and events, showed up with a camera to takepart in the tour. The event has already aired twiceon KCET-
TV, L.A.’s public television station, as partof Howser¹s 30
-minute program, "Our Neighbor-hoods."The tour was staged by the Echo Park HistoricalSociety, with much-needed help from volunteersacross Echo Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Itwas designed to promote efforts to preserve and
restore Echo Park¹s architectural past rebuilt wood
windows, built-in cabinetry, clapboard siding.Some homes were well-preserved, while othershad been dramatically redesigned in ways that hon-ored their location and style. But almost all weremodest two-bedroom homes, typical of our neighbor-
hood. The tour captured our neighborhood’s style,from the charming bake sale held on one home¹s
porch to the incredible lack of parking on our narrow,winding streets. Tour goers took in stride the suddenshortage of tour programs, with some agreeing to
drive to House of Spirits where new brochures werebeing photocopied to pick them up.
Proceeds from the tour will go to the Echo ParkHistorical Society. Some of the funds will go towardthe purchase of a scanner to reproduce familyphotos, while another portion will be earmarked forthe purchase of archival materials. A certainamount, yet to be determined, will be held in reservefor future projects and events.The EPHS extends a thank-you to the dozens whohelped put on the tour and to those who purchasedbrochure ads. See you next year (we hope)!
1st Historic Echo Park Home Tour A Sellout